President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memorandum to make changes to the current system processing asylum applications. This includes requiring asylum-seekers to pay a fee before their application can be considered.
According to a news release issued by the White House on Monday, the new rules would “[r]equire fees for asylum applications and work permit applications.”
In addition to a fee, the new guidelines would disqualify any asylum-seekers who enter the United States illegally and prevent them from getting work permits. Currently, asylum-seekers are allowed to work while their claims are being processed. It would also orders U.S. officials to process any application for asylum within 180 days. These court proceedings would be streamlined.
U.S. officials will have 90 days to figure out how to implement the new rules.
The president also promised to fix asylum laws. The news release called out asylum-seekers who make “meritless claims” in order to enter the United States and “remain here indefinitely.” “The biggest loophole drawing illegal aliens to our borders is the use of fraudulent or meritless asylum claims to gain entry into our great country,” the news release quoted the president as saying.
It also said that the U.S. “immigration system has reached a breaking point.”
The current asylum system has been plagued by backlog, in part because of the increase in the number of people seeking asylum. According to the BBC, more than 800,000 asylum cases are currently being considered in the United States.
“If the Democrats don’t give us the votes to change our weak, ineffective and dangerous Immigration Laws, we must fight hard for these votes in the 2020 Election!” Trump tweeted on Monday evening after the new guidelines were announced.
If the Democrats don’t give us the votes to change our weak, ineffective and dangerous Immigration Laws, we must fight hard for these votes in the 2020 Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2019